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I’ve always known that I can’t write in Tagalog (Filipino language, duh!). But still every time I find proof of this I get surprised. This morning, a client came by and I had to compose something in Tagalog and found myself wanting to hit my head on the wall for not knowing the Tagalog translation for “irreconcilable differences.” When I had the document checked, my sentence construction looked so confused that BigBoss actually asked me why I didn’t compose it in English, which would be easier (Ms.Client specifically said she needed one in Tagalog).


I’m not saying that my English writing or speaking is good. I’m only saying that my Tagalog is worse. I can speak it, but write in it? No. This is probably because when I was young my dad had put so much importance on learning English than Tagalog that I actually forwent learning Tagalog. (We weren’t allowed to watch Tagalog shows at night when my dad was home. My dad’s maxim being “You already know how to speak Tagalog, you should learn how to speak English”)


On the contrary, I can’t speak shit in English. I can write in it, but speak? No. Public speaking is not my forte. Most of the problem lies with my diction; I get embarrassed when I can’t say a word with the proper pronunciation. And then there’s the issue of finding the right words. When someone addresses me vocally in English, my brain shuts down and the English words fail to come.


Yet I love language. Its fun knowing words other people of other countries speak regularly. Right now, I’m thinking of learning Japanese. I don’t know what I’ll do with it because I can’t teach (No patience) and I can’t be a translator (I’ll panic) but I still want to learn it. Who knows maybe I’ll get to go to Japan someday, you know, to visit one of those places they feature in that show Japan Video Topics in Ch 13 (is it weird that me and my sister actually enjoy watching that show?) and then maybe I’ll meet Arashi, then I’ll know what to say!! You see where my infatuation with Arashi is taking me?


Anyway, maybe I’ll enroll in some language school next semester. Right now, money is going into my laptop fund. Yes, I’m buying a laptop, and then the internet connection in my house will follow. And then I’ll conquer the world, ha ha ha!!


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